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Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
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  1. Mar 19, 2020
    90
    In truth, it's a game that feels endless despite its relatively short core content.
  2. Mar 10, 2020
    90
    If you're on the fence about Mystery Dungeon, don't be - let this bundle of cuteness be your gateway into the world of grids, numbers, and menus. I've been in love with them for well over a decade at this point, and if there's any game that I could use to sell someone on them, this would be it.
  3. 90
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX will be one of Nintendo's most niche titles of 2020. With that being said, I fall squarely into the Venn diagram that makes the target demographic for this game, so I loved every second of it. As a fan of Pokémon, Mystery Dungeon roguelikes, and whimsical, light-hearted, and wholesome art styles, Rescue Team DX clicked with me on every level.
  4. Mar 7, 2020
    85
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a top-notch example of what Mystery Dungeon games are capable of. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put it down and with dozens of hours of challenging fun; it's definitely worth adding to your game library.
  5. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    A great dungeon crawler with unforgettable characters. If only all the game mechanics could have been updated to suit the present instead of the past.
  6. Mar 18, 2020
    80
    No matter when you are reading this review, Rescue Team DX is a title that you cannot miss in your Nintendo Switch library. Any fan of Pokemon, or even those who love strategy RPGs, can enter this beautiful world, a complex and patient game that makes us experts in one dungeon at a time.
  7. Mar 15, 2020
    80
    Is it still repetitive and dated in some ways? Yes. Is it still charming, addictive, and fun? Heck yes. And with the new art style and improved soundtrack, this game, while not the best Pokemon game out there, still shines.
  8. Mar 12, 2020
    80
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a delightful update to a classic, and just the kick in the pants the series needed. It’s a return to what made the spinoff so beloved in the first place, from the emotional story to the difficult resource management and boss fights. With a gorgeous watercolor art style, the world of Pokémon has never looked better.
  9. Mar 10, 2020
    80
    Whether playing for the first time or revisiting once again, Rescue Team DX delivers an amazing adventure that doesn’t end after the story has been beaten. The difficulty is right in the perfect spot that’s satisfying to overcome challenges, while being random and wild enough at times that some help might be needed. The art style and music making it worth hunkering down in one area to admire the surroundings, while each new area offers brand new surroundings to never get bored of. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is on par with if not superior to the original in many ways, and offers the perfect kind of journey for players looking for the latest adventure in the world of Pokémon.
  10. Mar 9, 2020
    80
    Still the same dungeon-crawling RPG comfort food I remember from the DS version. However, the added systems change its core audience to include players of all ages, which make it the perfect entry point to the genre. Every moment of gameplay is met with a reward and the present game loop creates a substantial reason to return to dungeons countless times, across dozens of missions. While the remake doesn’t do too much in terms of changing the core formula of what the series is, there’s enough here to warrant an additional playthrough.
  11. Mar 9, 2020
    80
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a stunning remake of the original Rescue Team games which ceaselessly captures their magic and emotion. While some fan-favourite gameplay elements have been lost, and the game feels much more forgiving than it arguably should be, it is faithful to the source material and is a nostalgic return to the humble beginnings of Pokémon's longest-running spinoff series. Worth picking up for both returning and new adventurers alike.
  12. Mar 5, 2020
    80
    Whether or not you're an old-school Mystery Dungeon aficionado or a total newcomer to the long-derelict spin-off series doesn't necessarily matter: Mystery Dungeon on Switch improves upon the originals with some valuable quality-of-life tweaks, making it a worthwhile play regardless of your familiarity with the series. It features a distinct combat system that provides an intriguing alternative to the mainline Pokemon formula with tile-based strategizing, humanizes the Pokemon you've fallen in love with over the years, tells a riveting and emotional story that will make you view the franchise in a totally different light, and does so with a stylish suite of visuals and music.
  13. Mar 5, 2020
    80
    Let’s cut the 'Karp. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a delight that franchise fans will love, beautifully remastered for the Nintendo Switch. The gameplay might be repetitive, but it features a tale that will tug on your heartstrings and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. So give the demo a try to see if you want to Ponyta up the cash, but it'll be well worth it as you watch the cute little wiggles, live through the heart-warming story, and savour the goregous watercolours that feels like you have your own Smeargle jamming your eyes full of art.
  14. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    It may see us return to an adventure that many will have first set out on nearly 15 years ago, but Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is yet another remake with the right approach. Modernised for a new generation and a worthwhile upgrade for those setting up their Rescue Team Base for a second time, it offers an enjoyable team-bonding adventure for those looking for a different pocket monster experience on the plucky portable home console.
  15. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a good remake which successfully updates the same old formula with charming visuals, QoL adjustments and some new content.
  16. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Pokémon Mistery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX brings back the dungeon-crawler, roguelike type of gameplay of this series, with a new and charming presentation and lost of improvements, although some of the biggest problems of the original game remains. If you've didn't play the original, this a great chance to do it.
  17. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Though still imperfect, Mystery Dungeon more than makes up for its stumblings through one of the most sweet-hearted stories in the Pokemon franchise, backed by a solid dungeoneering system and a gorgeous aesthetic. If all Pokemon games were as forward-thinking and adventurous as this one, who knows what the franchise could be by now?
  18. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is going to end up surprising a lot of people. Once you get past the initial few hours, it becomes clear why the series has sustained such a fan-base over a long period of time. Although it has its share of annoying faults, the entertaining story, the huge amount of content to complete, and the fun, simplistic gameplay makes it a great choice for Pokemon fans and dungeon-crawler fans alike.
  19. Mar 4, 2020
    80
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is exactly what it should be: a true, solid remake to the GBA/DS classics. It’s been refreshed by a charming art style, animations and overall feeling and controls, but one might want a slightly more ambitious approach to endgame, controls and extras.
  20. 78
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX brings new life to the original games, confirming it as a good entry point into the world of dungeon crawlers for a generation of young adventurers.
  21. Mar 12, 2020
    77
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a good remake that arrives perfectly adapted to Nintendo Switch, redesigning its UI and improving some mechanics. It offers a visual change that feels great. If you liked the original game, you will love this remake, and if you didn't have the opportunity to play it, now is a good time to do it.
  22. Mar 12, 2020
    75
    Fine to fill time or bring existing pokemon fans to other styles of games, but not for much more.
  23. Mar 9, 2020
    75
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team was an amazing game, stuffed full of content to keep the player going for hundreds of hours that kept many kids entertained for many a car trip. With Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Nintendo throws a fresh coat of paint on it and streamlines some of the menu searching. Nintendo was able to put a great title on the Nintendo Switch and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX helps bring longtime fans, who had felt isolated and betrayed by previous Pokemon titles to hit the Switch thus far, back to the console. Hopefully the Pokemon Company can keep moving in this right direction.
  24. Mar 5, 2020
    75
    An addictive dungeon crawler with typical Pokémon charm, but which takes some time to unfold.
  25. Mar 4, 2020
    75
    We hope this is a new beginning for Mystery Dungeon: a stylistic starting point on which to build future titles, which will have to add some more playful variation to the mix to be able to speak to a wider audience, in addition to the limited circle of fans who obviously they won't let them get away.
  26. Mar 4, 2020
    75
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX has far exceeded our expectations. The series is coming back, but reimagining itself to adopt some mechanics and quality of life details than improve significantly the experience overall. Despite its flaws, a mediocre IA and some limitations, such as no coop online, sounds like a lost opportunity that we hope we will see in a future brand new entry. In the meantime, this is probably the best entry since Explorers; and that is very good news.
  27. Mar 4, 2020
    75
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX makes the original games shine once again, the problem is that all of the games' faults are still here, namely its repetitiveness that can lead to boredom for those who are not familiar with the franchise or the genre.
  28. Mar 27, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is, without a doubt, an effort to bring new life to the game that started the random dungeon exploration craze. Returning players are sure to remember why the Mystery Dungeon series got to survive and evolve during these 15 years, but might feel estranged to the newer additions that mess up with the original recipe.
  29. Mar 17, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is exactly what you expect it to be: it’s a fun dungeon crawler with a cute art style, all your favourite Pokémon and an overarching message of love and friendship that is generally best suited to younger players.
  30. Mar 17, 2020
    70
    A good remake of a decent game. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX will be loved by those who played the original. Sadly it lacks the depth or challenge needed to be interesting to a wider gaming audience.
  31. Mar 13, 2020
    70
    Despite some balancing issues and a lack of ambition, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX still delivers the emotion and challenge that fans new and old will appreciate.
  32. 70
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is an entertaining and quirky adventure that serves well to fill a gap between the next major title release – with revamped and vibrant visuals that accompany a different take on a Pokemon game. With accessibility for both newcomers and experienced players alike, the game keeps it simple but plays well, although the gameplay may leave you wanting more or have you preferring to play in shorter sessions.
  33. Mar 12, 2020
    70
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is the greatest version of these portable games.
  34. Mar 5, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue DX may be nostalgic to true believers of the original Blue and Red Rescue Team games, but it’s a more shallow experience for everyone else that makes for an entirely forgettable experience.
  35. Mar 4, 2020
    70
    Rescue Team DX is a good remake, but some of the decisions made make the game simpler and easier, breaking the balanced difficulty of the original. Still, if you like this approach to the Pokémon world, you’ll enjoy it.
  36. Mar 4, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX doesn’t really set out to bust expectations. It’s a decent little remake of a decent little game. While a lack of challenge, so-so presentation, and an unsatisfying approach to Pokémon collecting limits Rescue Team DX’s potential, exploring the game’s dungeons has an undeniable Zen appeal and there’s certainly a ton of content to work through. This Mystery Dungeon is worth unraveling, provided you don’t mind a roguelike that’s more relaxing than rigorous.
  37. Mar 4, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is a remake from the Red & Blue Rescue Team games from the GBA and Nintendo DS respectively. It's a title full of nostalgia for those who played and loved the original, but seeing how this game was originally a handheld it might be a bit lacking for some who are looking for a brand new Switch game. We recommend playing the free demo first to see if this is something you want to spend money on.
  38. Mar 4, 2020
    70
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is an excellent remake which improves upon the original duo of games in myriad ways, yet still remains woefully underbaked when it comes to meaningful mechanics with enough depth to keep you going. As a roguelite dungeon crawler for young players it's really impressive, but genre purists might be let down. Beyond that, this is yet another delightful game which works a treat on Nintendo Switch.
  39. Mar 4, 2020
    70
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX has a few repetitive frustrations but is still charming, addictive fun and lovely to look at.
  40. Mar 4, 2020
    68
    The first few hours might be challenging if you're new to Dungeon-RPG. The gameplay and controls are completely different from the main games in the license, but Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is much more accessible than its original 2006 versions. Between a cute and colorful graphic redesign, and new options that make the game more dynamic, this new opus is a rather addictive success.
  41. Mar 23, 2020
    66
    Overall, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a decent foray back into the Pokemon universe for those waiting for Sword and Shield DLC. However, without the Pokemon license, I’m not so sure that this game would be as well regarded as it is. Despite that, it takes what it has, and makes it a fun experience in its own right. Die-hard Pokemon fans won’t have too hard of a time deciding whether to purchase this game, but for everyone else, there is currently a demo on the eShop in which progress carries over.
  42. Mar 6, 2020
    66
    Quotation forthcoming.
  43. 65
    Overall, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a solid remake of a unique Pokémon spin-off. There's a lot to love here (especially the art style), but at the end of the day, the game boils down to an endless grindfest. I think Mystery Dungeon is worth playing at least through the credits, but only hardcore fans will love the game enough to continue in the vast trove of post-game treasures.
  44. Mar 5, 2020
    65
    Sometimes, a 'remake' or a 'remastering' attempts to solve errors that do not exist in the original title. This has been the case: the decrease in difficulty due to different changes in the gameplay has caused us to quickly fall into a monotony that does not exist in the original title.
  45. Mar 4, 2020
    65
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is, rather unfortunately, far removed from the game it once was. The quality of life additions, changes to Friend Areas, and a distinct lack of challenge until post-game have stripped out what the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon community most loved. It’s a shame Rescue Team DX doesn’t live up to its original gameplay, especially when the storyline deserves so much more. Newcomers may love it; veterans may fear disappointment. Toss an apple to a Pokémon veteran, they’ll hunger for more.
  46. Mar 4, 2020
    65
    The charm of the original games is still there, but the new art style and improvements can't help this remake: it's still a disappointment.
  47. Mar 4, 2020
    65
    Quotation forthcoming.
  48. Mar 28, 2020
    60
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a decent remake that nicely updates its presentation, but fails to improve upon its most prominent aspects. Exploring dungeons and battling should be standout features that excite and motivate you, but it quickly becomes a mundane routine. If you're a big Pokémon fan, you may find enough enjoyment out of recruiting new pokémon and building up your rescue team, but if you're looking for more beyond the Pokémon license, this Mystery Dungeon may not offer enough to keep you engaged.
  49. Mar 22, 2020
    60
    When the old Gameboy Advance game Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team get a Switch-remake the new shiny graphics makes a great first impression. The gameplay has been also improved, but not to the same extent sadly. There was a lot of questionable game design in the original game, and a lot of the old problems are still here. However, if you are a Pokémon fanatic who doesn't care what the pocket monsters do, there is a pretty big chance you will like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX. For everyone else, there are plenty of better games to choose from on the Nintendo Switch.
  50. Mar 22, 2020
    60
    Is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX a must-buy? No. Is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX a good remake? Yes. Could more have been done with such a promising story, rather than giving a fifteen-year-old game a fresh coat of paint? Almost definitely.
  51. Mar 16, 2020
    60
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX tells a good Pokemon story from a unique angle and with visuals that help enhance the storybook feel. However, gameplay that might have held up in 2005 has not aged well. There’s something here for diehard Pokemon fans to enjoy and potentially love, but anyone else should just stick to the mainline series of games.
  52. 60
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX's graphical style, story, and music help carry the repetitive gameplay, but the experience can start to wear on you after hours and hours of monotonous dungeon crawling.
  53. Mar 10, 2020
    60
    If you’re someone who has not played a Mystery Dungeon game before and are looking for a chill and passive dungeon-crawler to sit back and relax while listening to a podcast or watching a television show, this will work wonders for you. Just don’t expect a deep Pokemon RPG with meaningful progression or impressive visuals.
  54. Mar 9, 2020
    60
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX looks beautiful in all of its lush hand-drawn glory, but the gameplay is still the same repetitive fare that the series has always offered up. There’s a ton of game here, but that’s if your enthusiasm lasts long enough.
  55. Mar 5, 2020
    60
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake filled with samey dungeons and mindless combat that make becoming the best there ever was a chore.
  56. Mar 4, 2020
    60
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a mixed bag. While it's great to see the series return, the fresh coat of paint isn't enough to hide the myriad fundamental flaws with it that have since been addressed in later entries. It is fun in short bursts, the new style looks lovely, and Poké-fans will be happy just to step back into the world. Best of all, this may point towards the other entries receiving Switch upscales, and perhaps even a whole new entry.
  57. Mar 4, 2020
    60
    A gorgeous and charming game that unfortunately doesn't improve on enough of the original gameplay aspects to keep fans engrossed.
  58. Mar 4, 2020
    60
    A beautiful game with potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay, there's still no getting away from the fact that this is a 15-year-old GBA title at its core. The dungeon crawling genre has evolved over the years to try and make things feel less repetitive, and while Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX does add some features to try to modernise the process a bit, they tend to fall flat. It's still fun in bursts, it just gets samey after a while.
  59. Mar 16, 2020
    50
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a monotonous chore that spoils its charming premise with weak roguelike design and repetitive combat. The colorful, new visuals and endearing story give the remake a welcome dose of character, but the added features overly simplify the adventure. It might be enough to keep the franchise’s youngest fans occupied for a few hours, but there are plenty of other Pokémon games on Switch that deliver a more satisfying experience for all ages.
  60. Mar 16, 2020
    50
    Complex mechanics wrapped in a overly-childish shell leaves the latest entry in the Pokemon series feeling like a missed opportunity with no clear target audience. From it's dire gameplay, to its tedious mechanics and terrible story, there's little to love here. This unfortunately is one you definitely do not want to catch...
  61. Mar 4, 2020
    42
    This port of a fifteen year old game adds little, or more like nothing, to the original game, even while there was still enough room to really improve the original.
  62. Mar 22, 2020
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  63. Mar 12, 2020
    40
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a beautifully rendered Pokemon game, but looks are not everything. The opening hours of the game are charming and intriguing, but the mechanics quickly become repetitive. If Mystery Dungeon would be more willing to lean into its RTS elements, the game would be an incredible experience. It is sad to say that the best part is the personality quiz at the beginning to decide which Pokemon players get to be. In its current state Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a clunky uninspired mess.
  64. 40
    A thoroughly uninteresting roguelike that undermines the most compelling elements of both the genre and the Pokémon universe.
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  1. Mar 4, 2020
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon DX is pleasant and cheery, but for every moment of depth there's an accompanying frustration.
  2. Mar 11, 2020
    Rescue Team lets me get to know Pokémon as actual people, often building on top of the decades of fandom and indirect characterization established by the games. Of course Charizard is in a cool rescue team that everyone looks up to. Of course Gengar the ghost is a devilish jerk who steals from others. Of course the motherly Khanghaskan, who carries around a child in her pouch, calls you sweetie when you use her storage services. It’s enough to make me want to never see another human in a Pokémon game ever again.
  3. Mar 6, 2020
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a perfectly serviceable remake that does just enough to advocate for its existence. As a Switch game, it is undeniably cute; the new, soft art style suits it well. I like Charmander’s little bandana. But there’s little else to praise in an otherwise tepid experience. It’s kind of like eating food you forgot to season. Sure, it’s bland, but it serves its basic purpose.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 170 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 170
  1. Mar 6, 2020
    9
    If you are not aware when a MD game has a low critic review score it means the game is great, it's been like that for over a decade. LikeIf you are not aware when a MD game has a low critic review score it means the game is great, it's been like that for over a decade. Like Explorers of Sky which is the peak of the franchise and storytelling in any Nintendo video game ever this game has terrible review scores, why is that? Well unfortunately it seems these type of games are usually reviewed by people with the attention span of a goldfish and will start shaking as soon as they need to read or use more brain cells than usual. Most of them don't review the game as a dungeon crawler either which is the whole point of the game, the IGN review is the prime example, they complain about dungeons in a dungeon crawler it almost sounds like a parody. Full Review »
  2. SSZ
    Mar 6, 2020
    10
    This game is fantastic, the story is great, the music is incredible and I loved the gameplay.
  3. Mar 6, 2020
    9
    Great remake that vastly improves over the original game while staying so very close to its roots. Looks very good, but nothing mind blowing.Great remake that vastly improves over the original game while staying so very close to its roots. Looks very good, but nothing mind blowing. Taking one of, because it might come of as repetitive, and if you don't like the style of game play, the game wont try to change your mind. Full Review »